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Issued by NWS Tulsa, OK

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
1031 PM CDT Sun May 17 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/16/15 TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...AN NWS TULSA STORM SURVEY TEAM ASSESSED DAMAGED IN
WAGONER AND ROGER COUNTIES THIS AFTERNOON. THE TEAM SURVEYED A
SWATH OF DAMAGE FROM NEAR THE WAGONER/TULSA COUNTY LINE AT E 131ST
ST SOUTH NORTHEAST TO THE VERDIGRIS RIVER AT THE WAGONER/ROGERS
COUNTY LINE AT THE E 620 ROAD. ANOTHER SWATH OF DAMAGE WAS
SURVEYED NORTHWEST OF INOLA. THE SURVEY ENDED AT SUNSET IN THAT
AREA AND WILL BE RESUMED MONDAY MORNING THERE. OTHER AREAS NORTHEAST
OF INOLA TO THE MISSOURI BORDER WILL BE SURVEYED ON MONDAY AS WELL.

.BROKEN ARROW TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 TO 120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  AT LEAST 12 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   TO BE DETERMINED
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             1126 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4.4 SW ONETA / WAGONER COUNTY / OK

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               TO BE DETERMINED
END LOCATION:           TO BE DETERMINED

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DEVELOPED JUST EAST OF THE
WAGONER/TULSA COUNTY LINE NEAR E 131ST ST SOUTH. IT MOVED RAPIDLY
NORTHEAST DAMAGING MANY HOMES...SOME SEVERELY...DESTROYING BARNS
AND OUTBUILDINGS...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING MANY TREES...AND
SNAPPING MANY POWER POLES. SOME OF THE DAMAGE TO HOMES AS WELL AS
A COUPLE AREAS OF TREE DAMAGE SUGGESTED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED IN THE
TORNADO OF ABOUT 110 TO 120 MPH. THE TORNADO LIKELY ENDED
NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF E 51ST ST SOUTH AND S 329TH EAST
AVENUE IN OPEN COUNTRY. MORE ASSESSMENT OF THIS DAMAGE PATH WILL
BE DONE ON MONDAY.

.INOLA TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 TO 110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  TO BE DETERMINED
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   TO BE DETERMINED
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             1143 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         3.8 NW INOLA / ROGERS COUNTY / OK

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               TO BE DETERMINED
END LOCATION:           TO BE DETERMINED

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DAMAGED A NUMBER OF HOMES...DESTROYED
BARNS...SHOPS AND OUTBUILDINGS...SNAPPED OR UPROOTED MANY TREES AND
SNAPPED POWER POLES. THE INFORMATION FOR THIS TORNADO IS VERY
PRELIMINARY AS THE SURVEY TEAM WAS ONLY ABLE TO VIEW AREAS NORTH
OF HIGHWAY 412 AND SOUTH OF THE MONTROSE SUBDIVISION. THE PATH
WILL BE SURVEYED COMPLETED ON MONDAY. THERE IS A HIGH LIKELIHOOD
THAT SOME STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED NORTHWEST OF INOLA IN
ASSOCIATION WITH THE STORM THAT PRODUCED THIS TORNADO.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM
DATA.

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EJC/SP




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